Decision of the Intergovernmental Committee: 17.COM 6.a.17

The Committee,

  1. Having examined document LHE/22/17.COM/6.a Rev.,
  2. Recalling Chapter V of the Operational Directives and its Decisions 4.COM 14.08, 9.COM 5.b.4 and 13.COM 7.b.9,
  3. Expresses its appreciation to Mali for submitting, on time, its third report on the status of the element ‘Sanké mon, collective fishing rite of the Sanké’, inscribed in 2009 on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding;
  4. Takes note of the efforts undertaken by the State Party to safeguard the element, in particular through ensuring a participatory safeguarding process, favoring synergies among governmental and customary authorities and community associations, engaging youth in safeguarding the element, implementing educational and awareness-raising activities, including in local languages, and securing water resources for the practice of the element;
  5. Further takes note of the efforts of community members, organizations and institutions to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, by introducing respective sanitary measures during organized activities, and maintaining cancelled activities as part of the updated safeguarding plan;
  6. Encourages the State Party to pursue its efforts to safeguard the element by providing support to communities and ensuring their engagement with safeguarding measures;
  7. Invites the State Party to monitor the effectiveness of the safeguarding measures for strengthening the viability of the element, and to include, in its next report on the status of this element, information on the progress made with their implementation and on the specific funding sources involved;
  8. Further encourages the State Party to continue its fundraising efforts and develop synergies among various funding sources;
  9. Requests that the Secretariat inform the State Party at least nine months prior to the deadline of 15 December 2025 about the required submission of its next report on the status of this element.